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GOVERNOR SAYS THE TIGERS ARE CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN STADIUM DEAL

     MI Gov. John Engler says the state is close to "sealing a
deal with the city of Detroit and the Tigers for a new stadium,"
according to a front page piece in this morning's DETROIT NEWS.
Engler, who made his comments in a meeting with the editorial
board of the paper:  "It's going to be downtown and it's going to
get under way in a hurry."  An announcement could come "sometime
in the next few weeks," according to the Governor.  Engler, who
said taxpayers would not be asked to pay the lion's share of the
stadium, added that the state will have a "modest" financial
commitment in the $60-$70M range.  Engler said earlier figures
placing the cost of the facility up to $400M "were way to high."
He hopes to get cost down to near $200M.  Engler: "I think you'll
see the Ilitch family coming to the table in a more substantial
way than almost anybody in America has done."  Tigers President
John McHale said the Engler's figures were "realistic, although I
think he's a touch low."  McHale: "We are being asked to bear a
far more significant portion of the project than has been done
anywhere else."  Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch originally promised to
pay $175M for a new facility, before the Tigers claimed losses
$20M due to the players strike (DETROIT NEWS, 8/2).
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